Religious Education

Religious Education aims to provide a high quality experience for all students by:

  • Promoting personal respect for students’ own world views and those of others
  • Deepening understanding of their own and other people’s beliefs and opinions
  • Fostering an enquiring and open mind
  • Encouraging the confidence to ask ultimate questions
  • Developing the skills of listening, communicating and empathising

Religious Education contributes to developing knowledge, skills and understanding and attitudes. These are necessary for students’ self-fulfillment and development as active and responsible citizens.

Religious Education promotes the ‘spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students and prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life and society.

To ensure the legal requirements for Religious Education are met and the curriculum is broad and balanced, Christianity is studied throughout the whole of KS3. The other principal religions represented in Great Britain (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism) are studied over the course of KS3.

Equality statement: Religious Education at St Augustine Academy ensures that all students irrespective of social background, culture, race, religion, gender, sexuality, differences in ability and disabilities are not made to feel vulnerable when these issues are being explored.

KS3 (years 7-8)


Investigation of religions and worldviews

Students will be taught to:

  1. give different views on how faith may play a vital part in people’s identity;
  2. give different views on the place of modern media in relation to religion and belief;
  3. ask questions about the meaning of religion and spirituality and suggest answers    relating to the search for truth;
  4. use reasoning and examples to express insights into the relationship between  beliefs, teaching and ethical issues.

Knowledge and understanding of Christianity

Students will be taught to:

  1. describe and compare ways in which different Christian groups express their identity;
  2. explain how and why examples of creativity may express or challenge Christian beliefs about the Fall, redemption and salvation;
  3. suggest reasons for different understandings of the resurrection of Jesus that Christians hold and show how they may have an impact on Christians today; [e.g., how and why Christians are divided about the way they talk about God and Resurrection in creedal statements]
  4. explain the challenges of the Christian principles of love, forgiveness and trust in God with reference to key texts;
  5. use reasoning and examples to express their own views on how Christianity has affected the world.

Knowledge and understanding of religions or worldviews other than Christianity

Students will be taught to: [for example, depending on selected tradition]:

  1. describe and compare different interpretations of religious identity;
  2. explain how and why people express beliefs, values and ideas of spirituality through ceremonies, festivals and other creative ways;
  3. suggest reasons for similar and different interpretations of scriptures and other important texts;
  4. explain why some people are inspired to follow a particular religious or philosophical path.
  5. use reasoning and examples to express their own views on how the tradition being studied has affected the world.

KS4 (years 9-10)

Students will have the opportunity to build on their KS3 study and take a GCSE in RE.